Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Jamie Kauffold - January 6th, 2014  

JAN 6-12

Benefit for Typhoon Haiyan Victims: Jam with K. Jones and the Benzie Playboys and the True Falsettos as they play at this benefit this Friday, January 10 at 7pm at Right Brain Brewery, TC where donations will be accepted for continuing to provide clean water, food, hygiene materials, lumber, & immunizations for the Filipino families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. For more info call 231.510.7156.

monday 1/6

Story Hour: “Dogs”: 10am, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Manistee Civic Players’ Auditions: “Calico Tiger”: For youth fourth grade through high school. 7pm, Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. 231-690-1570.

tuesday 1/7

Manistee Civic Players’ Auditions: “Calico Tiger”: (See Mon.)

What a Way to Go – A Look at How Natural Enemies Kill Insects: This program will feature predators & parasitoids found in the Grand Traverse region, & help you recognize the valuable natural enemies which are in action on your properties. Hosted by the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan & Michigan State University Extension – Leelanau. 6pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. 231-256-9888.

The Virtual Gastric Band Hypno-Therapy: A free intro with Ricki Blanchard, LifeStyle engineer. 5:30pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. 941-5805 or www.higherselfbookstore.com

Peepers Nature Preschool: Learn about the natural world through hands on activity stations, songs, stories, & outdoor exploration. This week’s program is “Footprint Detectives”. For 3-5 year olds with an adult. 10-11:30am, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Cost, $5. Register: www.natureiscalling.org

wednesday 1/8

Recess!: Join The Ticker for its monthly happy hour party from 5-7pm at Cherry Capital Airport, TC. $5 cover; includes drinks & entry into prize to win one of two Delta vouchers for air travel.

InterActive Story Time: Featuring “Duck At The Door” by Jackie Urbanovic. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Island House Readers: This monthly book club will discuss “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. 12pm, Elk Rapids District Library. 231-264-9979.

thursday 1/9

Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Gaylord Regional Airport.

Business After Hours: 5:30pm, The Homestead, Glen Arbor.

Lecture Series: The Science of Food: Presented by Darren Romano, owner of Grey Gables Restaurant of Charlevoix. 6:30pm, Castle Farms, Charlevoix. $5 ($3 with donation of canned goods). Benefits Manna Food Project. 231-237-0884, ext. 236.

Books & Brie Book Club: Discussing “Zealot” by Reza Aslan. 3:30pm, Alden District Library.

friday 1/10

Family Dinner & Movie Night: 5:15-8pm, Harbor Springs Sk8 Park & Ice Rink. Featuring “Ivan the Incredible”. Pizza, $5; movie, free. 231-526-0610.

Benefit for Typhoon Haiyan Victims: K. Jones and the Benzie Playboys and the True Falsettos play at this benefit where donations will be accepted for continuing to provide clean water, food, hygiene materials, lumber, & immunizations for the Filipino families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. 7pm, Right Brain Brewery, TC. 231.510.7156.

Live Music with Clayton Smith: Playing acoustic guitar with vocal material & classical piano. 8:30- 10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Women’s Spirituality Studies Sessions with Rodasi: 6-8pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. 941-5805 or www.higherselfbookstore.com

Toddler Time: Laundromat: Cardboard boxes are transformed into washers & driers. Children can fill them up with play clothes & put in the soap. 10am-noon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Friday Night Comedy: Featuring award winners of Laughfest’s “Funniest Person in Grand Rapids” Adam Degi, Jacob Kubon & Casey Stoddard. Openers include Josh Ortega, Norman Bow Beer & Christopher O’Non. 8pm, Ground Zero, Streeters, TC. Advance tickets, $8 + handling; $10 at door. 932-1300.

Social Security: A married couple’s domestic tranquility is shattered upon the arrival of the wife’s nerd of a sister, her uptight CPA husband, and her Jewish Mother. 7:30pm, Cadillac High School Auditorium. Tickets, $10 advance & $12 at door. 231-775-7336 or www.cadillacfootliters.com

Make Noise at the Library!: Bring your preschooler for some music & rhythm experience with local musician Kathryn Christian.10:30am, Elk Rapids District Library. 231-264-9979.

saturday 1/11

MXR Snocross: Extreme snowmobile riders battle it out for the title at Summit Mountain, Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire. 800.678.4111 or http://www.shantycreek.com/event/mxr-snocross/

20th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off: 11am- 3pm, Park Place Hotel Dome, TC. DTCA fundraiser where area restaurants compete for top honors in eight categories. www.downtowntc.com

Personal Healing, “The Key to Manifesting”: Taught by Evelyne Verret, certified Law of Attraction life coach & Cathy Follansbee, transpersonal healing therapist & author. 10am-6pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. 941-5805 or www.higherselfbookstore.com

“New Year, New You” Free Health Screenings: Focusing on glucose, total cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index & vision/screening testing. 11am-3pm, Sam’s Club, TC.

Events at Horizon Books, TC: 1-3pm: Author Signing with David McDonnell, “Clandonnell: A Storied History of Ireland”. 3-5pm: Author Reading: Greg Holmes & Katherine Roth, “The Good Fight: A Story of Cancer, Love & Triumph”. In 2004, Greg was diagnosed with the rare & deadly cancer of the sinuses. While undertaking traditional radiation & chemo treatments, Katherine spent hundreds of hours researching alternative therapies. www.horizonbooks.com

Bird Class for Kids: Young birders will be taught to identify winter birds, what they eat & where they live. 2pm, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Cost, $5. Register: www.grassriver.org or 231-533-8314.

Dave Bennett’s Tribute to Benny Goodman: Bennett has created written and “head” arrangements of many of Goodman’s popular hits & “swing jazz” classics: “Moonglow, I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Body and Soul,” “Slipped Disc,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “Airmail Special” & many others. Bennett will also be celebrating his newly released CD “Don’t Be That Way”. 8pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. $10 students, $25 members, $35 non-members. www.crookedtree.org or 231.347.4337.

Bayside Travellers Contra Dance: Music by local band Swallowtail. If you haven’t contra-danced, plan to arrive at 7:00pm for a lesson before the dancing begins at 8pm. Twin Lakes, Gilbert Lodge, TC. Adult, $10; students w/ID, $6, members, $8. www.dancetc.com or 231-313-2596.

Afternoon with Author Elizabeth Buzzelli: Elizabeth will speak about her Emily Kincaid mystery series, her writing process & a new book she is working on. 3:30pm, Elk Rapids Historic Museum. 231-264-9979.

Cross Country Winter Trail Days: Enjoy free clinics, rental equipment & trail passes at Boyne Highlands. Reservations: 231-526-3029.

Roots Singer-songwriters May Erlewine & Seth Bernard: 7:30pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Tickets: $12 adults, $5 students. www.oldartbuilding.com or 231-256-2131.

Charlevoix Raptor Field Trip: Join the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society to see raptors such as rough-legged hawks, red-tailed hawks & bald eagles in the Charlevoix area. Meet in the Charlevoix K-Mart parking lot (in front of the farm store) at 9am & caravan to Ironton from there. 231-330-4572.

Women’s Community Beach Brunch: Featuring guest speaker, author & world photographer Laura Vae Gatz. 10am, Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. Tickets, $3 each or two for $5. www.bponline.org

Frozen Foot Race: This five mile road race begins at 10am at Eastern Elementary, TC. Early registration (before Jan. 11) is $20; $25 on race day. www.tctrackclub.com

Mississippi Heat: This Chicago based blues group plays vintage Chicago Blues, led by worldclass harmonicist Pierre Lacocque & lead singer Inetta Visor. 8pm, Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets: $25 advance, $28 door & $22 museum members. www.dennosmuseum.org or 995-1553.

Social Security: (See Fri.)

sunday 1/12

The Bay Film Series presents “Wadjda”: 2pm & 5pm, The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. Tickets, $8.50. www.baytheatre.com or 231-271-5800.

MXR Snocross: (See Sat.)

Cross Country Winter Trail Days: (See Sat.)

Community Appreciation Day: Boyne Highlands Resort & Boyne Mountain Resort are offering a full day of FREE skiing/snowboarding & more to residents of Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet counties, from 9am-4:30pm. www.BOYNE.com or 800.462.6963.


Snowshoe Hikes: Held every Sat. through end of Feb. with park rangers at 1pm at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Meet at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire. 231-326-5134, extension 328.

Earthwork Music Mondays Live: 6-8pm, Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

Technique Cooking: Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at noon; Thurs., 5:15pm, at Fustini's, Petoskey. Cost, $10 which goes toward purchase.

Winter Farmers Market: Held the second Thursday of each month at the Civic Center, East Jordan.

Calling Poetry Submissions: The annual Poets’ Night Out presented by the Traverse Area District Library is now accepting poetry submissions until Jan. 25 for its 2014 public poetry contest on April 27 at the Traverse City Opera House. Visit www.tadl.org/pno2014 for official entry form & submission details.

Village Farmers Market: Saturday, indoors at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 10am- 2pm.

Petoskey Winter Farmers Market: Fridays, 8:30am-1pm, NCMC Student Services Bldg.

Harbor Springs Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9am, HS Middle School.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9-1, inside Lions Club.

Boyne City Indoor Market: Every Sat., Nov.- April at the Red Barn, next to the Boyne District Library on Park Street, 9am-1pm.

Kids Open MIC: Held every Saturday at 3pm at Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

Hip Hop Universe: Competitions, dance lessons & food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, every third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-7:30pm.

Free Yoga: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30pm, at Song of the Morning, Vanderbilt.

“Saturday’s Child”: This story time is for families with children ages 3-7. Featuring songs, stories, finger plays, poems, a craft or other activity, and a snack. Held Saturdays from 3-4pm in the Program Room at Petoskey District Library. www.petoskeylibrary.org or 231-758-3112.

Meditation & Yoga: Free meditation class at Shanti School of Yoga, TC, every Friday, 7:30pm; free Om Gentle Yoga on Sunday, 10:30am. (Logan's Landing, TC)

Deep Blue Water Samba School: This community samba drumming class is held the 1st & 3rd Mon. of each month from 7:30-9pm at GT Circuit, TC. Cost: $10 sliding scale. 231-276-2328.

Record Revival Night: Bring your records to Tastes of Black Star Farms, at the Grand Traverse Commons, and listen to tunes while sipping on wine, every Thursday, 6-9pm.

Vinyl Night: Bring records to play every Thursday at Little Fleet, TC, all night.

Photography Exhibition: Work by Tom Haxby at the Traverse Area District Library.

Out Up North: Watercolor art by Sarah Tule at Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix.

Preschool Story Hour: Held Wednesdays at 10am & 1pm at Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767.

Read to Chaz, Therapy Reading Dog: Second & fourth Wednesdays of each month, 4-6pm, Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767.

Mah Jong: Tuesdays, 1-4 pm, Alden District Library. No limit on participants. All levels. Come and learn or come and play.

Basketry: Wednesdays, 3pm, Alden District Library. Presented by Dorothy Walters. Join any time. Materials fee—bring with you to the class.

Gentle Yoga: Gentle instructor Tina Livingston offers yoga basics at the Peninsula Community Library, TC for adults & teens every Weds. at 9:30am. $7 fee. Register: 231-223-7700.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights: Adults are invited to participate in this winter reading club at Peninsula Community Library, TC. Pick up a log & read eight books between now & Spring Equinox (March 20) to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite. Books must be checked out at PCL! 231.223.7700.

Lil’ Souls Play Group: For moms & kids, birth - 6 years. Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs. of each month from 9:30-11:30am at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. www.bponline.org


“Humble Beginnings: Collagraphs, Relief Prints, Collage”: This art show featuring Beth Bynum is held through Jan. at the City Opera House, TC. Reception: Wed., Jan. 8, 5-7pm.

The Blissfest Music Organization invites artists to submit designs to be considered for the 34th annual Blissfest Music Festival logo. Submissions must be original artwork & of a size easily scalable for a variety of uses including T- shirts & posters. All formats are acceptable, however, digital artwork preferred in a vectored format. Entries must be received by Feb. 1. For more info, visit: www.blissfest.org

“Places I’ve Been: Paintings by Dan Oberschulte”: Held in Rinaldo Hall, Gallery Fifty, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC from Jan. 3 - March 31.

Milagros: This all media exhibit runs from Dec. 6 - Jan. 12 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. This is a collection created by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition that celebrate “milagros,” the small miracles & surprises in life. 231-547-3554.

Dennos Museum Center, TC: “Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes”: Transforming Nature into Art. More than 100 artworks in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, watercolor, & fabric, from some the region’s most versatile artists. Exhibition produced in conjunction with release of book by the same name. www.dennosmuseum.org

Call for Artists: Accepting all types of media for the March exhibit, "Community, What's Your Connection?", at Bay Pointe Church, TC, Feb. 24- 28. Opening March 14, 6pm. 922-9882.

Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. northernlakescmh.org.

Art of the Watershed: Featuring Lindy Bishop & Heather Harris-Brady, at the Watershed Center, TC. A portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org

The Shards of Winter Exhibition: Through March at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447. www.threepinesstudio.com

Fresh Air: Plein air paintings by Heidi Marshall at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village.

Furniture, Fiber & Sculpture Exhibition in Honor of Evelyn Sorenson – Call for Art: Hosted by Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort during Jan. & Feb. Artists are invited to submit their work for the exhibition. Works will be accepted for consideration provided they have not been previously exhibited at OAC & have been created in the last three years. Drop-off dates: Sat., Jan. 11, 10am-4pm & Sun., Jan. 12, 12-4pm. Exhibit dates: Jan. 17 – Feb. 28. Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 17, 5-7pm. www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or 231-352-4151.

Calling Artists!: The Gaylord Area Council for the Arts calls entry for the 2014 Juried Photography Exhibit. Registration & info available at: www.gaylordarts.org or 989-732-3242. Entries should be submitted by email from Dec. 16 - Jan. 10.

Call for Art: Community art show at Right Brain Brewery, TC, “Art Bomb,” happening January through March. Visit www.tinyurl.com/artbombtc.com

Dave Bennett’s Tribute to Benny Goodman: Catch many of Goodman’s popular hits & “swing jazz” classics that Bennett has created written and “head” arrangements of, including “Moonglow, I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Body and Soul,” “Slipped Disc,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “Airmail Special” & many others. Bennett will also be celebrating his newly released CD “Don’t Be That Way” this Saturday, January 11 at 8pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. $10 students, $25 members, $35 non-members. www.crookedtree.org or 231.347.4337.

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